Monocacy NRA Long Trail

moderate 3 reviews

Monocacy NRA Long Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dickerson, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 620 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Hiking and Equestrian Trail in the Woods This trail connects the Monocacy Natural Resources Area and the Stronghold, Inc. property near Sugarloaf Mountain in Frederick County, MD. The trail can be accessed from the Monocacy NRS parking lot on MD Route 28, a small parking area on Mount Ephraim Road, or a single-car spot on Ed Sears Road. The trail, used by hikers and horses, is unmarked and maintained solely by the passage of feet, hooves, and water. There are occasional open spots that give a view of the Monocacy River Valley. The Monocacy NRA allows hunting in season.

Sun May 06 2018

I did the Rt 28 to Ed Sears section in 2018 and the whole trail in 2015 or so. Saw no glass either time. Dog had no trouble in 2018. Plenty of parking at both ends--both lots hold more than one car. of the section I walked. A map will help find the section north of Ed Sears. This is a hunting area and is isolated. Be careful!

Sun Sep 10 2017

Primary problem was hiking with our dog; loads of broken glass on the trail injured the dog's paw. The nice thing is that no one is on the trail. We saw one other hiker on a beautiful day. If you don't have a dog, you could have a nice stroll.

8 months ago